All Progressives (APC) in Ekiti State said a total of 226,527 people registered as members in the state during the recently concluded membership registration exercise of the party.
APC Interim Chairman in the state, Chief Jide Awe, observed that despite provocations and condemnations from opposing camps, the exercise, which witnessed a large turnout, was peaceful, without any hindrance.
He commended all those who have registered for keeping faith with the party and advised intending members that are yet to register, to visit their wards, saying the APC membership registration is an ongoing exercise.
Chief Awe, who had earlier forecast that the party would register no fewer than 100,000 members, said he based his earlier permutation on a hundred per polling unit, expressing his delight at the way the exercise eventually turned out.
He said it was a show of great support and endorsement of APC, while the people have also expressed their trust in Kayode Fayemi-led administration in the state.
A breakdown of the figures according to the local governments showed that the largest turnout was recorded in Ado Local Government, which registered 30,070 members.
Oye Local Government followed with the registration of 23,130 members, and Ekiti South West with 19,972 members, Ijero (16,379), Ikole (16,294), Ekiti West (16,020) and Irepodun/Ifelodun (15,389) also witnessed large turnouts.
Others are Ido/Osi (13,100), Gbonyin (12, 656), Moba (11,028), Ikere (10, 568), Ekiti East (10,070), Ise /Orun (9,586), Efon (8,594), Emure (8,156) and Ilejemeje (5,515) respectively.
Meanwhile, the Interim Chairman has urged the intending members who could not register during the exercise to visit their Wards.
According to him, new registration booklets have been issued to different wards in the state for the continuation of the exercise in order not to prevent anyone from joining the party.
On the allegation of compelling the civil servants to register as members of the party, Awe said it was a figment of the imagination of those peddling the rumour, adding that the party had no such intention and had only attracted the large turnout because of its popularity and the faith people have in it.